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Home Made Bannettons

baltochef's picture

Home Made Bannettons

I tried using the search function to answer this question, but was not successful..

Has any member made linen liners for wicker bread baskets??..If so, what grade of linen did you purchase..I want to make some so that I can start experimenting with Poilane-style miches..I am interested in making 8", 10", and 12" linen-lined baskets..Probably at least two of each size..The linen sold by artisan bakery supply companies is very expensive compared to purchasing linen by the yard in a fabric store..Any advice would be helpful, especially as to construction / sewing procedures..Any tips on how to approach making a pattern for cutting the linen would be greatly appreciated..


Janedo's picture

I have made homemade ones with just heavy cotton-linen fabric (4 euros a meter), no pattern, not even worrying about the quality of my sewing and they have always worked and doughs have never stuck. No point in being too perfectionist about it, unless you want to.  I just loosely hand sewed seams that made the fabric sort of take the shape of the basket, cut the top edges so it could be rolled and sewed. Jane

baltochef's picture

Thanks Jane

My sewing skills are minimal, although I can use a sewing machine in a pinch..Been a while since I sewed anything more than repairing a seam, or re-attaching a button..I will just wing the pattern..


mattie405's picture


     If you can handle a sewing machine you're all set. Just cut a large circle from the fabric, set the machine up for a wide zig zag stitch and just stitch over 1/4" elastic that you place on the edge of the circle, stretch the elastic a little as you go and overlap the ends, sew as few stitches at the end to hold it all together and you're all set. I will see if I can do one tonight and take photos for you to see what I mean.   mattie

rainwater's picture

Is there a process for seasoning the linen or linen/cotton so the dough doesn't stick?  ....besides flour? 

suave's picture

I don't bother with sewing - I just use a piece of linen as is.  This way it fits every basket and can be used as couche.  Easier to store too - let it dry, fold and put away. 



Dorrington64's picture

see the following illustrated link

baltochef's picture


Thanks very much for the illustrated link!!..I could not recall how the commercial bannettons were sewn..Most of the local bakeries here in Baltimore use the unlined brotform baskets so I could not ask anyone for a look-see..


susanfnp's picture

I don't sew mine in either, I just have several pieces of loose linen ina few sizes. It makes it easier to get sticky dough out of the basket if you can turn out the dough onto the peel and then peel the linen away from it.

Here's where I got mine from:

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Karil's picture

To make a linen shell for a round or oval basket:

First, choose tightly woven linen fabric—preferably unbleached. A tight weave assures that the floured bannetons hold the flour rather than allow it to sift through the fabric weave and the basket. 

Wash the linen in hot water to soften it, preshrink it, and remove the sizing. (Do not use detergent or fabric softener on the fabric or the sewn banneton linings. These may leave unpalatable residues. 

If there are no folds or draping in the fabric, you can be better assured that the dough will not get into the folds while rising. Also, you can better distribute the flour or bran (whichever you choose to use in your bannetons) and shake out the excess. Therefore, make a paper pattern with the dimensions of your banneton. You will have two paper pattern pieces—a circle for the bottom of the banneton, and half of one side (which will be placed on a double piece of fabric to cut two side halves).

First cut a paper circle (or oval) corresponding to the shape of the interior bottom of the basket. Then, determine the circumference of the circle (bottom) and the inside top edge of the basket. Divide each of these two measures in half. These two measurments will determine the bottom and the top of the two strips that form the side of the basket. The side of the banneton shell is cut in two pieces, because you can fit them more closely to the slanting sides of the basket. They will look like two identical, truncated rectangles, and when sewn together, will form a "cuff". 

Now, with your paper pattern completed, check that they sit in the basket quite nicely. If so, place the circle on the linen and cut it out, adding a centimeter or so of seam allowance. 

Then, place the other pattern piece on a double piece of fabric to cut out two identical pieces. Be certain to add seam allowances to the shorter (lower) edge, to the sides, and somewhat more seam allowance to the longer, upper edge (which will be turned under and attached to the top of the basket). 

You are now ready to assemble your banneton shell: (a) To sew the sides of the banneton shell, stitch the strips at the two sides to form a cuff that is narrower at the bottom. (b) Stitch the circle to the narrower, bottom of the cuff. 

Fit the banneton shell into the basket with the wrong sides towards the inside of the basket. Fold the top over so that the top edge of the shell fits inside the basket. Hand-stitch the shell to the basket at the top edge. You can also attach the shell to the basket with a few stiches through the bottom seams and side seams. You might want to use heavy-duty linen thread or button-hole thread for this. 

Et voilà! A custom-made banneton at a cut-rate price!

By the way, I don't believe it is necessary to wash the shells all that often when using artisan doughs, as long as they are stored allowed to dry and are stored away from dust. If you do wash them, never use detergent, etc.


summerbaker's picture

I have found that a heavy cotton called "duck cloth" that can be found at arts and crafts stores works just as well as linen, which is much more expensive.  I use a large enough piece of it that it drapes over the side of my wicker basket.  That way I can use a large rubber band to hold it in place.  The material is stiff enough that I can press the folds virtually flat inside the basket so that my bread doesn't get fold marks (not that I'm so professional that the flour stays on the dough perfectly anyway!).